MASS SCHEDULE: 0108 AUGUST 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 31 July
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOSEPH CRESS
by the Knights of Columbus

Sunday, 01 August
18th Sunday of Ordinary Time
11:30 am — ROSE FESCO GRASSO
by Harold and Betty Burns and family

Monday, 02 August
St. Eusebius of Vercelli, bishop; St. Peter Julian Eymard, priest (OptMems)
08:00 am — EDWARD BRADSHAW Sr.
by his family

Tuesday, 03 August
Weekday
07:00 pm — ELANORE TEGANO FOLINO
by Joe and Shirley Foti

Wednesday, 04 August
St. John Mary Vianney, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — FRANCIS J. KING
by his daughter, Ellen

Thursday, 05 August
The Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome (OptMem)
08:00 am — PAUL and CAMILLE TEGANO
by their son-in-law, Jack

Friday, 06 August
The Transfiguration of the Lord (Fst)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her sister, Carolyn

Saturday, 07 August
St. Sixtus II, pope, martyr, and his companions, martyrs;
St. Cajetan, priest (OptMems)
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar MEMORIAL SOCIETY
by the parish
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — STEPHEN DYSZEL Jr.
by his wife, his mother and his family

Sunday, 08 August
19th Sunday of Ordinary Time
11:30 am — TOMEE LEIGH GOWER (10th anniversary)
by her family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 0108 AUGUST 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 31 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ROSE FESCO GRASSO
by Mel and Patti Johnson

Sunday, 01 August
18th Sunday of Ordinary Time
08:30 am — LEON RYAN
by Elizabeth Ryan

Monday, 02 August
St. Eusebius of Vercelli, bishop;
St. Peter Julian Eymard, priest (OptMems)
07:00 pm — WILLIAM SHEARSTONE Sr.
re-scheduled from 28 July

Tuesday, 03 August
Weekday
08:00 am — FRANCIS and EDWARD LUSHIS
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Wednesday, 04 August
St. John Mary Vianney, priest (OblMem)
07:00 pm — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Thursday, 05 August
The Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome (OptMem)
07:00 pm — DECEASED: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Friday, 06 August
The Transfiguration of the Lord (Fst)
05:00 pm — RICK and RUTH CHASE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 07 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — WILLIAM J. PUCETAS
by his wife and his son

Sunday, 08 August
19th Sunday of Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 08.01.2010 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
24 / 25 JULY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $864.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $71.00 from the second collection (plate); $20.00 from the Dues envelopes; $34.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $97.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,086.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $27.00 from the Eastern Europe envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,086.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($329.54), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($464.00), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,151.17, one sees that ($65.17) is available from this collection for operating the parish. Please note that a figure in parentheses ( ) indicates a negative balance, which is a highly undesirable outcome.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $939.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $74.00 from the second collection (plate); $25.00 from the Dues envelopes; $12.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $30.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,080.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $38.00 from the Eastern Europe envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,080.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($229.38), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($282.46), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $762.82, one sees that $317.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 04 August
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 05 August
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 06 August
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel




If these times don't suit you, you can always call for an appointment to go to Confession. If you don't like Fr. Connolly, you can always confess your sins to Kateri, but keep in mind that she is not bound by the seal and she does tend to be a blabbermouth.

 EXPOSITION / ADORATION
OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 04 August
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm)

Friday, 06 August
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Vespers followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm)

stjos/stvdp: 08.01.2010 - 02


FREE FURNITURE
We received the following note from a woman in the parish:
Dear Father:
I have a parlor suite to give away free: a large sofa (cranberry) and two large chairs (blue). They are antiques, but in good condition. If you know any family that would like to have them, let me know. All they have to do is take them out. Call 276-6250.

WE SHARE THE MAIL

To: Jeffrey K. Buck, Diocesan Controller
From: Rev. Edward B. Connolly
Date: 22 July 2010
Re: mystery statement

Dear Mr. Buck:
I received a STATEMENT from your office.
It is a yellow piece of paper (perhaps that will help you to identify it).
It is addressed to IMMACULATE HEART ELEM SCHOOL, 260 N. 2ND ST, GIRARDVILLE PA.
The date is 15 July 2010.
The parish number is 141408.
I interpret this statement as telling me that IHES has an outstanding balance due to the Diocese of $14,318.50.
I confess to not understanding this at all.
But, of course, there are a lot of things I don’t understand.
Please tell me what I should know.
As you know, IHES has long since been folded into Trinity Academy.
Thanks –
Fr. E. B. Connolly
**********************************************************************************************
To: Rev. Edward B. Connolly
From: Becky Reetz, Diocesan Accounts Receivable Coordinator
Date: 30 July 2010
Re: mystery statement

Good Afternoon Fr. Connolly,
The statement you received for Immaculate Heart Elem School is valid. The School closed with unpaid debts to the Diocese totally $14,318.50 ranging from August 2005 thru October 2006. It is my understanding from Mark Smith that the debt will be paid, if and when the School land is sold. I stopped mailing statements in the Spring of 2008. (Waste of postage.) Occasionally, one is mailed just as a reminder.
Becky Reetz

My comment on the above: Well, at least she said, “Good afternoon!” — which was kind of her. Other than that, this email exchange was kind of a downer! This debt belongs, of course, to St. Joseph Parish. By the way, just so you know, I have no intention of selling the school. So, don’t anyone press the panic button. Needless to say, however, the final decision on all such matters will be made by someone at a higher pay grade.
FYI: Mark Smith is the Diocesan CFO
.

stjos/stvdp: 08.01.2010- 03 - 03


CAVEAT LECTOR! (Let the reader beware!)
Do you have the foggiest idea what your children might be reading?
Background: I copied and pasted (from Amazon.com) the following titles of some popular children’s books. I have no doubt that some (all?) of these books can be found in local public libraries and, perhaps, even in public-school libraries. (The content of public-school libraries depends, to a great extent, on the philosophical leanings of the head librarian.) It would be interesting to check out the children’s reading rooms of some local public libraries and public schools. Why don’t you do that sometime?
I think it is obvious why I am including this in the bulletin. I am trying to enhance people’s awareness of the New Religion that is being taught to young children. It is all part of the War Against God that we referred to in last weekend’s bulletin.
Here are just a few of the titles (and descriptions) that I came across.

MOMMY, MAMA, AND ME
depicts the gentle, nurturing relationship of a lesbian couple and their little one.

OH THE THINGS MOMMIES DO!
A playful celebration of Lesbian Mothers and their children! Oh The Things Mommies Do! is a bouncy, and playful look at the joys of a two Mom family. With its catchy rhymes and vibrant illustrations, it is a pleasure for children and parents alike!

EMMA AND MEESHA MY BOY
This is a delightful story of a little girl with two moms as she learns how to be nice to her cat. Follow along as Emma gets in trouble trying to play with Meesha Kitty and cheer as she learns to treat him with care.

HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES
The first lesbian-themed children's book ever published. (This) groundbreaking children’s book has an enduring message about acceptance and tolerance that will appeal to readers of all ages and backgrounds: The most important thing about any family is that all the people in it love each other.

THE FAMILY BOOK
here are so many different types of families, and THE FAMILY BOOK celebrates them all in a funny, silly, and reassuring way. Parr includes adopted families, step-families, one-parent families, and families with two parents of the same sex, as well as the traditional nuclear family.

MOLLY’S FAMILY
To get ready for Kindergarten Open School Night, Molly draws a picture of her family to hang on the wall: herself, Mommy, Mama Lu, and their puppy. After seeing the picture, her classmates tell her, "No one has two mommies." Despite her teacher's efforts to be supportive, the child is still concerned. That night, her parents explain, "we decided we had so much love that we wanted to share it with a baby." Thus, one of them is her birth mother; the other an adoptive parent. Still, Molly leaves her drawing home the next day. With further matter-of-fact reassurance by her teacher and the budding understanding that all families are different, Molly, and indeed the whole class, grows to accept her own family, and she proudly hangs her picture on the wall.

DADDY, PAPA AND ME
Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its daddies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there's no limit to what a loving family can do together. Shares the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children. Perfect baby shower gift for expecting same-sex couples. Great selection for gay pride table display.

KING AND KING
When a grouchy queen tells her layabout son that it's time for him to marry, he sighs, "Very well, Mother.... I must say, though, I've never cared much for princesses." His young page winks. Several unsatisfactory bachelorettes visit the castle before "Princess Madeleine and her brother, Prince Lee" appear in the doorway. The hero is smitten at once. "What a wonderful prince!" he and Prince Lee both exclaim, as a shower of tiny Valentine hearts flutters between them.

AND TANGO MAKES THREE
Roy and Silo were "a little bit different" from the other male penguins: instead of noticing females, they noticed each other. Thus penguin chick Tango, hatched from a fertilized egg given to the pining, bewildered pair, came to be "the only penguin in the Central Park Zoo with two daddies."

Let us remember that Satan and his minions are nothing if not subtle. They tap into “gentle things” and “soft emotions” and “warm fuzzies” in order to seduce the little ones and their parents. They try to disarm us (and they often succeed) by emphasizing “inclusiveness” and “multiculturalism”. They chide those who believe in Jesus and His Church by calling us “mean” and “exclusive” and “narrow” and “homophobic”.
But we are not disarmed, nor are we lulled to sleep. We are sober and watchful, because we know that our adversary, the Devil, like a roaring lion (but sometimes disguised as a gentle pussy cat) goes about seeking whom he may devour. We must resist him, steadfast in the Faith!

stjos/stvdp: 08.01.2010 - 04 / 05


BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL: TOTALS SO FAR
ST. JOSEPH PARISH, GIRARDVILLE

Total Goal: $8,243.00
Pledges and One-Time Gifts: $4,907.00
Amount Collected: $4,372.00
Percentage of Goal Achieved: 60%
Average Gift: $149
Number of donors: 33
Number of registered families: 347
Participation Rate: 10%
Amount Raised in 2009: $3,582
Participation Rate in 2009: 06%

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL PARISH, GIRARDVILLE

Total Goal: $5,885.00
Pledges and One-Time Gifts: $2,937.00
Amount Collected: $2,727.00
Percentage of Goal Achieved: 50%
Average Gift: $98
Number of donors: 30
Number of registered families: 120
Participation Rate: 25%
Amount Raised in 2009: $2,234
Participation Rate in 2009: 13%

We notice a slight improvement since the last time we printed the figures. Thank you to those who pushed St. VdPPar up to 50% of our goal. Thank you to those who pushed StJosPar up to 60%.
Now, to those — 75% of the members of StVdPPar and 90% of the members of StJosPar — who have not yet made a pledge or a donation to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, we say: Would you please do so as soon as possible?

THANK YOU to the persons who, from time to time, hand me some money for the PDF. (The PDF is the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund.) It is our “good deeds” fund. We use it exclusively for helping people out who are “down on their luck”. The money deposited in the poor boxes goes for the same purpose.

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Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown, sponsors an Aging Gracefully Spirituality Group for older adults continuing on Fridays, 06 August and 13 August, at All Saints Social Hall, Washington & Cleveland Streets, McAdoo The program consists of prayer, a reflective presentation, personal reflection and discussion. Registration fee is $5.00 (one time fee). For questions or to register, please call 570-628-0466.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown is accepting inquiries from married couples interested in domestic infant and/or international adoption. Please contact Patricia Reusch at 610-435-1541, ext. 325 or e-mail preusch@allentowndiocese.org.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown seeks candidates from throughout the Diocese of Allentown to serve on the agency’s Advisory Board. Please call or e-mail Lynne Shampain, Development Administrator, at 610-791-3888, ext. 310 or lshampain@allentowndiocese.org.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown, needs families to foster children with severe behavior problems, medically fragile children, and teen mothers with infants. An Information Meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, 11 August, at Catholic Charities, 13 Westwood Road, Pottsville. Please register by 09 August with Barbara Ivaska at 570-628-0466, ext. 306 or Patricia Reusch at 1-800-330-8001 or e-mail preusch@allentowndiocese.org.
Understanding Suffering and Spiritual Companionship, a workshop for caregivers, families, parish volunteers, and professionals will be offered on Wednesday, 15 September 2010, at either 01:00 to 04:30 pm or 05:30 to 09:00 pm at Sacred Heart Hospital Auditorium, 421 Chew Street, Allentown. Continuing education units are available. Registration fee is $10.00. Sponsored by Sacred Heart Hospital, Parish Nurse Coalition of the Greater Lehigh Valley, and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown. For more information and a brochure, please call Michele at 610-871-5905.
A PRIEST WENT INTO THE PULPIT ONE SUNDAY MORNING wearing a pair of new bifocals. The reading portion of the glasses improved his vision considerably, but the top portion of the glasses didn't work so well. In fact he was experiencing dizziness every time he looked through them. He explained to the congregation that the new glasses were causing problems, then said, " I hope you will excuse my continually removing my glasses. You see when I look down I can see fine, but when I look at you, it makes me sick."

stjos/stvdp: 07.25.2010 - 07   


IS DIVORCE CONTAGIOUS?

by Mira Jacob

You know those moments when science confirms something that you just knew in your gut? Well, add this one to the list that includes “cheeseburgers hurt your heart” and “people who drink too much get sad”: Apparently, divorce is contagious.
A new study done by scientists at Harvard University, Brown University and UC San Diego finds that divorce is a contagion that can spread though social groups like a virus, weakening the marriages closest to it. In fact, the breakup of a close friend’s marriage can increase the likelihood of your own marriage ending by a whopping 75 percent.
"We think of a regular contagion like the flu," professor James H. Fowler of UCSD said. "You get a virus and you're more likely to spread the symptoms to someone else. This is not just true for a virus. This is true for a lot of social behaviors."
The study, called "Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Unless Everyone Else is Doing it Too: Social Network Effects on Divorce in a Longitudinal Sample Followed for 32 Years” looked at the data of several generations of people in Framingham, Massachusetts, starting in the 1970s. While Fowler cautioned against extrapolating too much from the 5,000 participants in the study, some of its findings seem less shocking than intuitive, including:
A person with a divorced sibling was 22 percent more likely to get a divorce
A person with a divorced coworker was 55 percent more likely to get a divorce than someone who works with all married coworkers
Even witnessing a friend of a friend’s divorce increased the likelihood of a marriage breaking up by 33 percent.
Couples with children were less susceptible to being influenced by other couples divorces
While I can hardly pretend
that my own experience is anything close to scientific, I have noticed that after a weekend of visiting friends going through divorces, I've found myself hugging my husband a little too long, and saying ridiculously obvious things like, "Let's never split up, okay?" I've also lain in bed awake at night, counting up all the things that work between us, as if affirmation were a form of inoculation. To be clear: I’m not judging my friends for splitting up, I’m just saying that I have absolutely noticed their divorces have caused ripples throughout the marriages of the friends and family that surround them, mine included.
What do you think? Does this study confirm what you’ve seen in your own life, or does it come as surprising news to you?
This is definitely true. Let's say you have a friend named Jamie who announces that she is getting a divorce. You know that Jamie is basically a good person, who tried her best to make it work, and you still love her and try to help her through this difficult time as best you can.
Because you care about Jamie and think she is a good person, you can't just dismiss her divorce as an evil deed done by an evil person. You can't just assume that she didn't work hard to fix the brokenness, since you were up late nights talking her through the toughest times. How do you reconcile the two things: an act you abhor done by a person you love?
Well, perhaps you just excuse the act. You say, Jamie and Rob just drifted apart. They fell out of love. It happens. They aren't bad people, just going through a bad time. Maybe this divorce will be the best thing that ever happened to them.
And then - bam. You think to yourself, maybe divorce isn't such a bad thing after all. Maybe they will grow and learn and become even better people, and find new, more equal partners in life. And then you think, maybe I should get divorced, too ... If it's so good for Jamie, maybe it would be good for me, too. I do kind of hate how my husband snores.
That's how it happens.
If you need one more example,
did you see Date Night? In that movie, the lead couple has friends who get a divorce because they feel like roommates, not lovers. The lead couple then begins to wonder if they too have lost "the spark" and ask themselves if they should split, too. Divorce is insidious.

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